Paul Fischer

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Fischer has a simple formula for success: Hire the best people, put them in jobs they love and keep clients’ best interests front and center.

This formula helped Paul turn a small Denver office into a thriving regional center of excellence as well as expanded our firm’s presence across the U.S. from eight regional offices to nearly 60 offices domestically. Paul oversees our firm’s Americas regions as well as major markets of electrical transmission and distribution, global facilities, aviation, federal, water, environmental, and transportation, providing leadership for long-term strategy and growth. He joined the firm in 1988 and soon became a project manager, working his way up to lead the Denver office before taking leadership of the firm’s regional offices. In 2015, he was selected to join the board of directors.

In the community:

Paul is actively involved in his local community. He supports organizations including:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, board member
  • ACEC, Water, Energy & Environmental  National Committee Member
  • Civil Council of Kansas City
  • American Water Works Association Rocky Mountain Section, former board chair
  • YMCA of the Rockies, former board member
What does employee ownership mean to you?

Great people making each other better. Driving great value and service to our clients, and sharing the rewards across all our employees, our families and our communities. We all push in the same direction.

What makes you proud to work at Burns & McDonnell?

Our commitment to each other, our communities, our families and our clients. The work we do makes a noticeable difference in the world. We are unique in being incredibly successful as a business, being a Best Place to Work and being completely dedicated to our communities.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I love spending time with my family. I’m also a big sports fan. I’m a huge Denver Broncos fan, I love the Royals and really enjoy attending college sports games.